Annual Amelia Island events offer fun year-round

Amelia Island is a four-season destination in northeast Florida and offers a wide array of festivals and activities to enhance your stay at The Addison on Amelia Island.

Calendar of Amelia Island Events

Ongoing Events

Fernandina Beach Market Place Farmers Market, weekly on Saturday 9AM – 1PM. Conveniently located one block from the inn and a great way to walk off breakfast. http://fernandinabeachmarketplace.com

Farmers Market Tour and Class, monthly on select Saturdays 9:30AM – 11:30AM. Learn to shop like a Chef! Join Chef Bill for a lively walk through Fernandina’s Farmer’s Market and back to the Academy for a demonstration cooking class that takes you literally farm to table. Chef Bill brings out the natural flavors of fresh, locally grown produce with light, delicious dressings and dips. Check the website for tour and class dates: http://www.ameliacooking.com/the-amelia-island-culinary-academy.html

Artrageous Artwalk, monthly on 2nd Saturday, 5:30PM – 8:30PM. Galleries located within walking distance of the inn in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. http://islandart.org/artrageous-artwalk

Sounds on Centre, monthly on Friday evening, 6PM – 8PM. Centre Street between 2nd Street and Front Street. Sounds on Centre is a free outdoor concert held on First Fridays from April through October, including a special Thursday event May 2nd – 7:30 pm following the Shrimp Festival Parade. Get ready to dance in the streets to classic rock, blues, oldies, and more at the intersections of Second Street and Centre Street in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach Florida.
2019 Musical Artists:
October 4 – Surprise Guest Music Group

The Sprouting Project Dinners monthly on Saturday at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort Cocktails at 6PM Dinner at 7PM

Enjoy an intimate southern-inspired farm-to-table dinner at The Sprouting Project. Guests will tour Amelia Island Plantation’s state-of-the-art aquaponic greenhouse, expansive organic garden and large collection of beehives before enjoying a plated dinner that incorporates items harvested directly from The Sprouting Project. This monthly event will showcase both the creativity and culture of our chefs in a lush, outdoor setting. https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/amelia-island-plantation/dining/monthly-dinners

Adult Twilight BYOB Cruise weekly Friday, and Saturday evenings September 1 – October 26, 2019  https://www.ameliarivercruises.com/cruises/adult-twilight-byob-tour

Enjoy a sunset cruise exclusively for adults and one of the finest ways to end the day or begin the night. Enjoy a glass of your favorite BYOB beverage (available for purchase at The Addison) and listen to some of Fernandina’s finest local musicians on board. With the wind in your hair and the smell of sweet salt air, you will float away to a tropical paradise where all of your worries disappear and a sense of relaxation and appreciation of nature takes over you.

Special Events

June – December 15, 2019 Southern Living Idea House on Crane Island https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-southern-living-idea-house-tickets-61128551142

This year’s home is a new build on secluded Crane Island, a 113-home master planned community located on Amelia Island’s western edge about 5 miles south of historic Fernandina Beach. The home’s distinct Southern vernacular blends luxe Lowcountry style with historic Fernandina Beach architecture designed to encourage indoor/outdoor living with 1,400 square feet of porches. Heather Chadduck Hillegas, Southern Living’s former Style Director and now of Heather Chadduck Interiors & Textiles, is managing the design. Architects Jim Strickland and Clay Rokicki of Historical Concepts, which has mastered the art of designing the “new old” Southern home, are overseeing the home’s architecture.

June – September 2019 Shrimping Eco Tour with Amelia River Cruises https://www.ameliarivercruises.com/cruises/shrimping-eco-tour/

An interactive exploration of Tiger Basin, our guests will be coached on the operation of an Otter Trawl shrimp net. Historically developed in Fernandina, this net is similar to the nets used by the commercial shrimp industry today. Deploying and retrieving the net is part of the hands-on experience. The catch will then be displayed in an on-board aquarium and each of the creatures will be identified and released back into the wild. We continue to explore the backwaters and tidal creeks that make up this estuary before returning to historic Fernandina Beach.

October 5, 2019 JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes https://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Ride/JDRFNationalRide?pg=entry&fr_id=7733

Cycle along pristine beaches, over marshlands and through beautiful maritime forests for up to 100 miles. Cyclists ride directly in front of the inn.

October 6 – 13, 2019 Amelia Island Jazz Festival https://www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com/

Enjoy a week of jazz events starting with a free concert in the park Sunday afternoon, October 6, followed by a jazz and wine tasting October 8, and the finale Dixie to Swing Jazz Brunch on Sunday, October 13. Headliners include Jamil Sharif and Delfeayo Marsalis.

October 19-20, 2019 ZOOMA Florida Amelia Island Women’s Half Marathon https://www.active.com/amelia-island-fl/running/distance-running-races/zooma-florida-amelia-island-women-s-half-marathon-2019

Join us Saturday for the Lighthouse Loop 5K or Sunday for the Half Marathon,  12K or 5K through lovely Amelia Island and Ft Clinch. See for yourself why runners love ZOOMA! Expect gorgeous ocean views and a shady tree lined run through Ft Clinch as you complete these one-of-a-kind courses. Stay at The Addison on Amelia and the guests will cheer you on as you run by the inn! Pre-race breakfast available with advance notification at time of reservation.

November 8 – 10, 2019 Petanque Amelia Island Open https://www.ameliaisland.com/petanque

The largest Petanque event in the Americas welcomes players and spectators from around the world to historic downtown Fernandina Beach. Competition occurs at the downtown harborfront, 7 blocks from The Addison on Amelia Island.

December 6 – 7, 2019 13th Annual Holiday Home Tour https://ameliamuseum.org/holidayhometour/

The Amelia Island Museum of History has partnered with the 2019 Southern Living Design Hosue on Crane Island and is offering a combo ticket for both events. The home tour has returned to the historic district and includes our next door neighbor! We invite you to stay at The Addison on Amelia Island and tour 5 Victorian homes decorated for the holiday season.

December 13 – 15, 2019 Dickens on Centre https://www.ameliaisland.com/landing-pages/Dickens-on-Centre-Christmas-Festival

Enjoy costumed characters, themed entertainment and performances, visits from Saint Nick, and a variety of vendors selling seasonal gifts and wares. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens on Centre transforms downtown Fernandina into a classic English village, sure to enliven your Christmas spirit. Think chestnuts roasting, carolers strolling, and readings of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

January – April 2020 Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival https://www.ameliachambermusic.org/